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Colophony (Rosin)  
This is pine resin after the turpentine has been removed. It has such a strong affinity for the Element of Fire that if kept in a powder form (this is chunk), it can spontaneously combust. It has a lightly resinous smell rather than a pine scent, but it can be used wherever pine resin is called for in incense recipes (so can amber). Although nowadays it is said that regularly breathing the fumes of burning colophony can cause occupational asthma, in the past its fumes were a remedy for bronchitis. Some people are allergic to this resin, but it is frequently an ingredient in cosmetics and in paper. It is also a component of many polishes and varnishes.

Colophony chunks
10g/ 1/3 oz. $4.50



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Uses In Witchcraft & Magic:

Elemental Magic
Fire Herb

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